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The Daily Grind: Chicago’s Guide to Handicapping Baseball (8/28/14)

Yesterday was another tough day.  Good pitchers are getting shelled this week and gas can pitchers are throwing gems.  It happens over the course of a 162 game schedule.  It is a marathon, definitely not a sprint. Week 3 Breakdown Cubs Record 0-1 -1.1 units White Sox Record 0-2 -2.2 units Play of the Day Record 2-2 -.2 units Overall Record 2-5 -3.5 units Let’s dig in to the...
Via Sports Mockery
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Chicago Cubs: Playoff picture will be influenced by Cubs

Chicago Cubs After today’s 2-1 victory over the first-place Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs were able to complete the sweep against a team that had only been swept one time all season long. This series was the second consecutive series against a team that is in contention for a playoff spot, a theme that will be familiar from here on out. The remainder of the Cubs schedule...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta pitches Cubs to 4-1 victory vs. Orioles

Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta hasn’t forgotten his time with the Baltimore Orioles. Instead of simply moving on from that part of his career, he still draws on the positive and negative experiences he had in Baltimore. It was clear during the Cubs’ 4-1 victory Friday against the Orioles that those years haven’t been wasted. ‘‘You think about it all the time,’’ Arrieta...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta beats former teams, Baez homers as Cubs top Orioles

  Jake Arrieta said he enjoyed running into some of his old Orioles teammates before Friday's game at Wrigley Field. Then he had an even better time on the mound, shutting down Baltimore in his first start against his former club. Arietta held Baltimore to four hits in seven innings and Javier Baez homered again as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1. ''There was a...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings – Jake and the Rafman

Jake Arrieta ($8,000) takes on the Mets and their 90 wRC+ against right-handed pitching today. That mark ranks New York 26th in baseball while Arrieta continues to surprise in 2014. The Cub righty has posted a 9.22 K/9, a 2.37 BB/9, and a miniscule 0.33 HR/9 this season. That includes his recent clunker in Colorado. The 28-year-old has always had "stuff" but he's been...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Jake Arrieta open to discussing contract extension

Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is in the midst of the best season of his career. His ERA this season is nearly two points below his career average this season. Since the Cubs acquired Arrieta from the Orioles in 2013, he has done nothing but improve, but as he becomes arbitration-eligible next season, his long-term compensation is currently uncertain.Arrieta is willing to...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fan Mike Pullin makes awesome catch, fakes everyone out (Video)

Sixty-five-year-old Chicago Cubs fan Mike Pullin of Rochelle, Ill., made an incredible catch at Wrigley Field Monday night — and then he pulled the old switcheroo. Pullin sat in the last row of the left field bleachers armed with a baseball glove. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Mark Reynolds hit his 20th homer of the season off a pitch from the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta in the second inning.  
Via Intrigue Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Aug 6

Ignore Jake Arrieta’s place in the rankings (Hint: If you don’t see him, keep scrolling down). I hate to pass the buck, but blame Steamer. For the most part Steamer does a great job of providing ROS projections and they’re a key input in these rankings, but they’re whiffing on Arrieta. For the rest of the season they project the following stat line from the sensational Cub...
Via Baseball Professor
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Jake Arrieta the new ace?

.163 is the batting average opponents have had against Jake Arrieta since the trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. This is the type of stat that many thought Arrieta would be able to put up year in and year out. Once a top prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Arrieta never could find his groove with the Orioles. In 69 career games pitched (63 starts), Arrieta posted...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is currently pitching in his 5th MLB season and before this season has never been successful. There was not much hype surrounding Arrieta coming into the league, as he was originally drafted in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 but decided to attend Texas Christian University. In 2007 Arrieta entered the draft again and was taken in the 5th round by the...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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